Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Zionists Gone Wild: How A Popular Motif Served A Convenient Fiction At R&D

In The Mark:

If you pay attention to Ottawa scandals, you will be familiar with the story of Rights and Democracy by now: a hostile Conservative takeover of the quasi-governmental agency has destroyed R&D’s spotless international reputation as a wellspring and global clarion for human rights. Sinister Zionists are behind the whole thing.

The story’s narrative arc was further entrenched in the public record last week when a House of Commons committee recommended the ousting of R&D board chairman Aurel Braun, so it must be true. After all, former R&D presidents Warren Allmand and Ed Broadbent read from that very script before the Foreign Affairs Committee during its hearings into R&D, and the New Democratic Party’s Paul Dewar last week proclaimed that Braun and his R&D board allies have “poisoned the well” and ruined R&D’s “stellar reputation.”

There is a small problem with the story: it’s a convenient fiction that has served to hide a real scandal that had been quietly unfolding at Rights and Democracy for several years now. . .

5 Comments:

Blogger Jonathan Colvin said...

Beware the rhetorical "bait and switch" of ambiguity. What's the "convenient fiction"? That R&D had a "stellar reputation"? Or that there has been unseemly political interference in the recent board change-over? There is certainly evidence that R&D has a less-than-stellar reputation with a penchant for the usual pigs-at-the-trough behavior of quangos, as your piece in the Mark amply demonstrates. So, we can agree that this "stellar reputation" is somewhat fictitious. This has absolutely nothing to do with the (more interesting) issue as to the motivation behind all the recent shenanigans. Are you saying that R&D's less-than-wholehearted support of Israel had nothing to do with what occurred? Because that's the story here, and it does not seem entirely fictitious.

5:06 PM  
Blogger 韋以 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。.................................................................                           

10:36 PM  
Blogger 葉婷 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。......................................................................

1:04 AM  
Blogger ahmed said...

I'm with Jonathan.If Terry doesn't believe the funding of Israeli and international NGO's, crtical of the occupation, played a role in the "Rights and Democracy" saga, he should come out and said so much more clearly.

1:22 PM  
Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

Senator Joe McCarthy is an American patriot and hero.

7:17 PM  

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